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The Jewish Day School Discussion: Take Two

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 01.23.2015 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

It's damn expensive to send multiple kids to Jewish day schools. It's expensive to send just one. Jews still feel like they are being priced out of their religion, but there's a sliver of hope -- schools that employ blended learning that charge $9,000 tuition per child as opposed to the standard $15,000-$18,000

'Jew Tax' a Warning to All

Michael L. Millenson | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Michael L. Millenson

Extremist violence is a threat everywhere to the life of the mind, the life of the spirit and to life itself. We are all Charlie. So, too, the war against the Jews is a war against us all.

Were the Murders at Charlie Hebdo Really About Islam?

James Zogby | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
James Zogby

The simple truth is that murderers and presidents, and governments and groups may use the evocative power of religious language to justify their behavior. The problem is not in the language or the religion. The problem is with those who abuse it for their evil ends.

Sometimes It's Hard to Be a Jew

Linda S. Haase | Posted 01.15.2015 | Religion
Linda S. Haase

That metal taste in my mouth is back, a nauseating combination of rage, shame and fear. It's been years since I have tasted it -- perhaps not since the last time someone drew a swastika on the whiteboard hanging on my dorm room door.

Halal and Kosher

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Joseph B. Kadane

I think the real opportunity for progress lies in the hands of the more orthodox Muslims and Jews. They may have more in common than they now think. Both, for example, have rules regarding appropriate food call halal by Muslims and kosher by Jews. It is my impression that the two sets of rules are remarkably similar.

A Holocaust Survivor Shares the Story of Her Tattoo

Quora | Posted 01.13.2015 | Fifty

When I was tattooed at Auschwitz, I was stunned. But it was a day when I had lost my whole family. I had lost everything I knew up to that point. I thought at the time, If there is hell on Earth, this is probably it.

Is God More Insulted by Cartoons or Those Who Kill in God's Name?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Bosnia's Muslim leadership answers without ambiguity. We have to worry more about those who would appoint themselves to defend God against presumed insult than those purportedly committing the offense.

Lebanese Caricaturists Feel With Charlie Hebdo, Fear Retribution

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.09.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Lebanese caricaturists felt solidarity with French colleagues targeted in a terrorist attack on the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo this week, but admitted they're hamstrung by threats against them, terrorism, sectarianism, and political instability in their country.

Antisemitism 2015: A Global Challenge

Catherine Chatterley | Posted 12.31.2014 | World
Catherine Chatterley

Antisemitism presents a serious challenge for the global community today. The last decade has seen a shocking growth in antisemitic rhetoric and agitation, and routine acts of violence against Jews have returned to European cities 70 years after the Holocaust.

Buffeted By Political Firestorm, Crimean Minorities Forced to Choose

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 12.25.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Now that Crimea is firmly in the Russian column, it is to be hoped that the Kremlin will provide both peoples with as much local autonomy as possible in line with earlier pledges.

Jesus: Rambo or Prince of Peace? A Commentary on 'The Crucifixion Rule Book'

Bernard Starr | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

So for those who wish to celebrate the spiritual enlightenment of the Rabbi from Galilee for his embodiment of peace and love, they can comfortably do so. Merry Christmas.

Gay 'Agenda' Not Even Close When It Comes to Religious Persecution

James Peron | Posted 12.23.2014 | Gay Voices
James Peron

It might be useful to remember what other threats to religious liberty have actually existed in the "history of our existence as a nation."

How To Be A Jewish Boomer And Still Celebrate Christmas

Renee Fisher | Posted 12.30.2014 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Jews throughout history have devised clever ways to horn in on the Christmas holiday. They have created their own traditions that usually involve going to the movies and/or eating Chinese food. They get trees and festoon them with blue ornaments and call them Hanukkah bushes.

What Is the Future for France's Jews?

Eric Keslassy | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion
Eric Keslassy

Battered by hatred, French Jews are getting scared. Promises to emigrate abroad (including, but not only, to Israel) have increased significantly. Is leaving the only solution for the Jews of France?

A Survivor Recalls What It Was Like to Be Experimented on During the Holocaust

Quora | Posted 12.19.2014 | Fifty

As a guinea pig in Auschwitz, we had to realize that they could do to our bodies whatever they wanted and we had no control over what they put into us, what they removed, or how they treated us, and there was no place for us to go.

How Abercrombie & Fitch Brought American Muslims And Jews Together

The Daily Beast | Dean Obeidallah | Posted 12.18.2014 | Religion

Say what you want about Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F), the chain has done something special. No, I’m not talking some dazzling new clothing line for ult...

Scott Walker Jokes With Rabbis About 'Molotov' Gaffe

AP | By SCOTT BAUER | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is trying to take his "Molotov" gaffe in stride. Walker, speaking after a menorah-lighting cer...

A Holocaust Survivor's Inspiring Answer to 'What Gives You Hope During Tough Times?'

Quora | Posted 12.12.2014 | Fifty

I have only one memory -- crawling on the barrack floor, because I no longer could walk. There was a faucet on the other end of the barrack. As I was crawling, I would fade in and out of consciousness. I just kept thinking, I must survive, I must survive.

Move Over, Santa -- The Maccabee Fairies Are Coming To Town

Jessica Shaool | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Jessica Shaool

The very next day, I knew, in my bones, something had to be done. Something had to be done to prevent my Jewish kids from taking the Polar Express straight to Christmastown this year -- or any other, for that matter.

ReThink Review -- Exodus: Gods and Kings -- Whitewashing Gets Biblically Bizarre

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.12.2014 | Religion
Jonathan Kim

Usually when a film depicting a story from the Bible is made, the main danger for a studio is angering religious groups who feel that the film is attacking their beliefs or strays too far from accepted (or at least favored) interpretations.

What Poland's Jewish History Museum Can Teach Us

José M. Faraldo | Posted 12.11.2014 | Religion
José M. Faraldo

Whereas the North American Holocaust museum deals with the immense crimes perpetrated by the Nazis, the Warsaw museum is focused most of all on of Jewish life.

Christian or Jewish Gospel Figures? The Answer Will Surprise You

Bernard Starr | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Art historians, art critics, and curators of Renaissance painting exhibits have participated in a grand deception. They have remained silent in the face of falsifications of biblical history in artworks that are staring right at them.

The Jerusalem Synagogue Attack: Let's Talk Truth

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 01.30.2015 | Religion
Dawn Q Landau

My 24-year-old daughter lives in Jerusalem. It's not a large city, so anything that happens in Jerusalem, is too close for comfort in this mother's eyes. I am not a staunch pro-Israel supporter, as many expect I might be. However, this was wrong on all levels. This is black and white for me: this was terrorism.

A Time for Prayer, Thanksgiving, Discernment and Strategic Nonviolent Action

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion
Marian Wright Edelman

Through daily moral consciousness we must all counter the proliferating voices of racial and ethnic and religious division that are regaining too much respectability over the land.

Thanksgiving and Political Correctness

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.22.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Thanksgiving has been celebrated by Native Americans, Christians, Jews and whoever else wants to since 1621, and I firmly believe we should continue unapologetically to celebrate giving thanks to God Almighty for our many blessings.